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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    22 January 2020

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The Brunel Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc provides graduates the first stage of training towards becoming a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited sport and exercise psychologist.

You’ll examine the key psychological factors that affect both sports performance and exercise participation and learn how to assess client needs and formulate tailored programmes for them.

In your sport specialisation, you’ll learn techniques and strategies to help athletes of all levels, ages and genders develop the mental skills needed to tackle inhibitions and achieve peak performance, as well as to overcome the emotional consequences of serious injury or prolonged loss of form.

These mental skills are equally applicable to coaches wanting to build positive team dynamics and referees dealing with the stresses of the job.

In your exercise specialisation, you’ll focus on applying psychology to increase exercise participation and motivational levels among the public and to encourage people to adopt more active lifestyles.

On completion of the course, you can progress to Stage 2 training, which leads to chartered psychologist status with the BPS and registered practitioner status with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Throughout your studies you’ll be able to take advantage of our modern physiology and biomechanics laboratories and some of the best sports facilities in the UK.

You can choose to study full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

Course content

This course is designed to give graduates the Stage 1 practitioner training needed to become a BPS accredited sport and exercise psychologist.

The Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc consists of compulsory and optional modules and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Full-time students should complete four modules per term, excluding the dissertation. Part-time students should complete two modules per term, excluding the dissertation.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September.

Compulsory

  • Individual Differences in Sport and Exercise
  • Research and Application in the Psychology of Sports Performance
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Psychological Skills for Practitioners
  • Social Processes in Exercise and Sport
  • Dissertation

Optional

  • Performance Lifestyle
  • Professional Development

Teaching and Learning

Our staff have national and international reputations for their research, publications and applied work. Many are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which enables them to work with high-performance athletes from a wide variety of sports – and many of them do. 

This means that your education will be at the forefront of scholarship and practice, covering the most up-to-date industry knowledge.

Your courses will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory and practical sessions, online leaning and computer-assisted sessions to teach quantitative data collection and analysis and computer simulation.

We constantly review our teaching methods in response to student feedback in view of developing and improving them.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

Assessment and feedback

Modules are assessed by combinations of essays, case studies, contribution to seminars, oral presentations, poster presentations, laboratory report writing, computer-based tests and formal written examinations.

In the final year you must submit, and pass, a research dissertation.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Careers and your future

With sport and exercise participation growing at a healthy pace, employment opportunities in the field of sport and exercise psychology are on the rise too. The expert knowledge and skills you’ll gain from your Brunel Master's, including those highly transferable skills related to implementing goal-setting strategies, will stand you in good stead for a range of rewarding jobs.

As the course is BPS accredited this could be your next step on the way to becoming a psychologist, be it in sport and exercise or otherwise. You’ll also have the skills and expertise for a wide range of other careers. For example you may wish to become a university lecturer, a consultant in elite sport or maybe lead a national sport psychology service for an organisation such as the English Institute of Sport.

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Visit the Sport and Exercise Psychology - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

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